The competition attracted 171 entries, 75 applications and 96 ideas, over 12 weeks.
Judging has now commenced - with the public able to vote for the 'popular choice' award and other awards now being considered by judges, with winners announced on 7 June.
The Premier has personally tweeted his thanks, showing a level of high-level engagement with the competition,
@vicpremier: Well done to all the @appmystate applicants. Top quality entries. Looking forward to giving out the awards. JB
Regardless who wins the competition, the event has already proven to be a highly cost-effective method to gather useful ideas and generate meaningful approaches to using public sector data.
Is this a once-off success? The evidence argues otherwise.
NSW is in the process of holding a similar competition with a similar level of prizes. While the competition didn't include an ideas category (EDIT 24/5/10: the competition did include an ideas category, which received 64 submissions) and occurred during a changeover in Premiers and with significantly less online promotional support, it still attracted 55 app entries over a 14 week period.
App competitions in the UK and US have also generated significant returns for governments - in particular the first Apps for Democracy competition in Washington D.C. estimated that the value of the apps produced was over US$2.2 million, for less than US$100,000 in prize value.
There is even a set of guidelines on how to run an apps competition to support agencies and states produced by Apps for Democracy.
Below I've included a video where Victorian political leadership introduce the App My State competition. Below that is a list of some of the other App competitions that have been run worldwide.
Involving public sector data - there are many other examples in commercial spaces.
- MashUpAustralia (Australia)
- App My State (Victoria, Australia)
- Apps4NSW (NSW, Australia)
- Apps for Democracy (United States)
- Apps for America (United States)
- Apps for Army (United States)
- INCA – the Innovative and Creative Application Contest (Belgium)
- Apps competitions in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands and Spain
- Apps for New York (United States)
- Show Us A Better Way competition (Great Britain)
- Apps for Climate Change (British Columbia, Canada)
- Apps for Development (World Bank)